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Canadians rip USWNT's sportsmanship after 13 goals scored vs. Thailand

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Canadians rip USWNT's sportsmanship after 13 goals scored vs. Thailand

So, what’s Canada’s deal right now?

First, some Raptors fans appeared to cheer Monday after Warriors star Kevin Durant dropped to the court with an Achilles injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Then, video of other Raptors fans profanely jeering Steph Curry’s parents outside their Toronto hotel was released. Nevermind that Steph's father, Dell, is a former Raptor who had been beloved in the city.

And now this: Sharp rebukes from TSN’s Women’s World Cup studio coverage team Tuesday after Team USA routed Thailand 13-0 in its tournament opener.

The goal total was a tournament record, and the former Canadian players on the TSN panel had issues with the Americans running up the score — and celebrating in the process.

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Some highlights from our friends in the North:

“This was disgraceful coming from the United States.”

“It’s disrespectful, it’s disgraceful, and hats off to Thailand for holding their head high. ... I’d love to be there to just hug them all.”

“Embarrassed is the word for [US women's national team coach] Jill Ellis for how she led her team in this one.”

And, in light of Canadian fans’ treatment of KD and the Currys the previous day, this sentiment seemed particularly rich:

“As a Canadian, we would just never, ever think of doing something like that.”

Someone wasn't watching the Warriors-Raptors game the other night ...

Canadians’ angst toward the USWNT probably can be traced to the 2012 Olympics semifinal match between the teams. Two disputed calls led to a game-tying penalty kick by Abby Wambach, and Alex Morgan — the target of TSN’s venom Tuesday — drove home the winner in extra time.

Canada was denied gold. And wasn’t happy about it. Understandable.

Then, three years later, the USWNT won the Women’s World Cup on Canadian soil. That had to hurt.

If these past few days have taught us anything about our neighbors, it’s this: Canadians truly are friendly people — until sports are involved. Then all bets are off, and the trash talk is on.

So, they’re just like us.

Twitter reaction to the USWNT's scoring spree was mixed, with media members, former players and others giving their opinions on how the Americans handled themselves on the world stage against an obviously overmatched opponent.

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Here’s the bottom line: The Americans are No. 1 in FIFA’s world rankings, 33 spots ahead of the Thais. This result should’ve been expected, even if the reaction to it was not.

USWNT’s next opponent, Chile, is ranked five spots lower than Thailand, so Sunday should bring another American victory. Judging by the reaction to the opener, though, that victory could only be on the pitch, not in the court of public opinion.

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rips VAR on disputed Manchester United goal

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Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rips VAR on disputed Manchester United goal

Liverpool FC preserved their undefeated record in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Manchester United, but manager Jurgen Klopp was none too pleased. 

Klopp ripped VAR for upholding Marcus Rashford's first-half goal, which the English forward scored by capping off a counter-attacking move that began when Man United defender Victor Lindelof appeared to foul Liverpool striker Divock Origi. 

"They were better in the game than we were [in the first half] for what they wanted to do," Klopp told Sky Sports after the match. "They defended well, but in the end, they scored a goal which shows all the problems with VAR. Because [referee Martin Atkinson], I'm sure, let the game run because that is the protocol of VAR, and the VAR says, 'Yeah, there was contact. Was a foul.' But you saw it differently, then it's [no call].

"... 100 percent, like it's 100 percent because for me it was a clear foul. We take that. We couldn't change it anymore. It's just the situation. It's just a general problem. The looks at it and says, 'Oh, you decided it like this. That's possible.' ... But it was a foul, and they didn't decide it."

Klopp expanded on his thoughts during his post-match press conference, telling reporters that he was certain VAR would overturn Rashford's opening goal. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Klopp's counterpart in Man United's dugout, threw some shade at the German's view.

Klopp threw some, too. Liverpool retained 68 percent of possession in Salah's absence but only four of their 10 shots were on target. Klopp owed that to United's defense-first approach, which he said has been the case in each of Liverpool's recent matches against their rivals -- whether under Solskjaer or predecessor Jose Mourinho. 

The approach has worked against Klopp, however. After Sunday's draw, he remains winless at Old Trafford. 

Liverpool's lead over Manchester City atop the English Premier League table fell to just six points. Considering how close the margins were between the sides last season, Rashford's upheld goal could represent a turning point in the title race. 

Watch Adam Lallana goal save draw for Liverpool FC vs. Manchester United

Watch Adam Lallana goal save draw for Liverpool FC vs. Manchester United

Liverpool FC had a last gasp after all.

The English Premier League leaders preserved their undefeated season Sunday, drawing rival Manchester United 1-1 at Old Trafford on second-half substitute Adam Lallana's 85th-minute equalizer.

Liverpool left back Andrew Robertson crossed the ball into United's box, and Lallana slipped behind the defense for a tap-in at the back post.

The Reds first appeared to equalize in the 44th minute, as Sadio Mané gathered an aerial through ball in the box, then coolly slotted a shot past United goalkeeper David de Gea. But VAR overturned the goal, ruling that Mané gained possession by playing the ball with his hand.

Liverpool pressed late for a winner, appealing for a handball in the 95th minute after Fred cleared a cross with his shoulder. United cleared away Liverpool's 96th-minute corner, preserving the draw.

Though the Reds salvaged a point, Jurgen Klopp remains winless as Liverpool manager at the Theatre of Dreams. The draw gives Manchester City an opening, too, as the sides will meet in three weeks, with Liverpool holding a six-point lead atop the Premier League table.

Assuming both hold serve over the next two games, City can cut Liverpool's lead to three points with a win at Anfield on Nov. 10.